Resurrection drives two successful series returning Sunday: "Sherlock" on PBS and "The Following" on Fox.

"Sherlock," starting at 9:58 p.m. on "Masterpiece," brings back the modern-day Holmes with humor, emotion and elaborate gusto. Watson (Martin Freeman) is furious to learn that Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch) faked his death and left him to grieve for two years. The thriller kicks in as Sherlock races to stop terrorists.

"The Following," airing after the NFC Championship, explains how the disciples of supposedly dead serial killer Joe Carroll (James Purefoy) carry on his vicious ways in New York. The violent series continues to be twisty, incredible and punishing.

As Sherlock, Cumberbatch displays withering brilliance and surprising vulnerability. As Watson, Martin Freeman fumes poignantly. Their superb teamwork deepens a beloved variation on a classic.

On "The Following," heroic Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon) suffers extravagantly.

He's not alone. "The Following" exasperates; "Sherlock" exhilarates.

But "The Following" is going to reach many eyeballs by following the NFC Championship on a big day for the NFL. San Francisco plays at Seattle at 6:30 p.m. Sunday on Fox.

The AFC Championship, however, may offer more drama because Tom Brady and New England are playing Peyton Manning and Denver. That game starts at 3 p.m. on CBS.

"Sherlock" follows the latest installment of "Downton Abbey," which starts at 9 p.m. Sunday on PBS.

On HBO, "True Detective" continues at 9 p.m. Sunday, followed by "Girls" at 10 and the premiere of "Looking" at 10:30. The latter is a very low-key look at gay life in San Francisco today. Jonathan Groff of "Glee" stars.

On Saturday, the Screen Actors Guild will hand out its 20th annual awards at 8 p.m. on TNT and TBS. Morgan Freeman will present the 50th annual Life Achievement Award to Rita Moreno. The presenters include Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Robert De Niro, Chiwetel Ejifor, Jennifer Garner, Mindy Kaling, Jennifer Lawrence, Jared Leto, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, James Marsden, Matthew McConaughey, Ewan McGregor, Lupita Nyong'o, Sarah Paulson, Julia Roberts, Kevin Spacey, Meryl Streep and Kerry Washington. It will be a chance to see several performers left out by Oscar nominators, notably Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson, Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey.

Drake will do double duty as host and musical guest on "Saturday Night Live" at 11:30 p.m. Saturday on NBC.

Most of the Friday lineup will be new, so that should please fans of ABC's "Shark Tank," NBC's "Grimm," Fox's "Bones" and CBS' "Hawaii Five-0" and "Blue Bloods."